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Teenage Parties Cause £93million[1]of Destruction

              Teenage Parties Cause £93million[1]of Destruction

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, December 28, 2012

LONDON, December 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  *One in five (19%) teenagers have hidden party damage from their parents
  *A third (32%) of teenagers have told 'party porkies' to their parents

Over half (56%) of teenagers have seen their home or a friend's home damaged
as a result of hosting a party according to new research from Allianz Your
Cover Insurance.

Less than half (49%) of parents knew about their teenager's party destruction
and one in five (19%) of the teenagers polled confessed they had covered up
damage by enlisting friends to help or they hid it themselves.

Teenagers who came clean about party damage revealed the most common forms
were:

  *General rubbish and mess (21%)
  *Carpets stained or burned by cigarettes (20%)
  *Broken ornaments (13%)
  *Broken furniture (11%)
  *Trampled gardens and plants (10%)

Teenage 'party porkies' also stretched to a third (32%) confessing they had
lied to their parents about partying; one in 10 said they were not going to a
party but did attend, 6% had secretly held a party and a further 6% played
down the number of guests who'd attended.

Jon Lott of Allianz Your Cover Insurance said, "Our research reveals the
average cost for repairing or replacing items damaged at a teenage party is
£108 according to parents, while teenagers estimated the costs at £90.
Repairing the cost of party damage is an expense that people can well do
without at this time of year in particular."

Although one in five (22%) parents trust their teenager to be responsible and
not cause damage, the same amount (23%) worry about how their child's friends
will behave. Over a quarter (29%) of mums and dads divulged they wouldn't
trust their teenage children to host a party at all. These parents may be wise
as nearly half of teenagers (42%) revealed that they too fear a party could
get out of control, with their top fear being uninvited guests turning up
(35%).

Teenagers consider a party to be out of control if:

  *Furniture is broken (50%)
  *Ornaments are broken (46%)
  *Carpets or furniture are burned by cigarettes (46%)
  *If drugs were brought into the house (43%)
  *If an ambulance is called (41%).

One in three teenagers (31%) revealed they would advertise a party on a social
networking site with one in ten (10%) using it as a way to organise their
social lives. This news may alarm parents as 32% consider social networking
sites to be dangerous, particularly if their son or daughter's profile is not
secure or if they have a lot of online contacts able to view their details.

Jon Lott continued, "We would urge parents to talk to their teenage children
and set clear boundaries for parties to ensure that any festive celebrations
do not compromise the safety and security of their home." 

Allianz Your Cover has the following advice for parents whose teenagers are
hosting a party at their home: 

1.Agree on how many friends your teenager can invite and what time the party
    will end
2.Give your neighbours plenty of notice about the party - they are more
    likely to be understanding if they are forewarned
3.Remove as many items as possible out of the room where the party is being
    held
4.Lock away, hide or give to someone else to look after, items which could
    be easily damaged or stolen
5.If you are leaving the house, ensure teenagers have contact numbers that
    they can call you on if needed.

To learn more about Allianz Your Cover's home insurance offering, please
visit:

http://www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk/

Notes to Editors:

A survey of 1,000 parents of teenagers and 1,000 teenagers was carried out in
October 2012 by 72 Point on behalf of Allianz Your Cover Insurance.

^[ ^1 ^] There are 4,603,300 teenagers in the UK according to the ONS Mid-2009
Population Estimates: United Kingdom; estimated resident population by single
year of age and sex. 18.67% of teenagers polled admitted to hiding party
damage. The average cost of damage caused by parties is £107.96 which brings
the total to £92,784,722.43.

About Allianz Your Cover Insurance

Your Cover is a new breed of insurance product, offering cover that customers
select to precisely match their own lifestyle and circumstances. Using an easy
to use 'Quote and Buy' website, Your Cover makes it simple to design, obtain a
quote and manage your insurance online.

The result of two years' research involving thousands of insurance buyers,
Your Cover is a product from Allianz Insurance plc, which is a part of the
global Allianz Group.

To find more out about Allianz Your Cover Insurance visit
http://www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @YourCoverUK or
visit our Facebook Page .

About Allianz

Allianz Your Cover Insurance is part of Allianz Insurance, one of the largest
general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, one of the
leading integrated financial services providers worldwide and the largest
property and casualty insurer in the world. With approximately 142,000
employees worldwide, the Allianz Group serves approximately 78 million
customers in more than 70 countries.

The mission of Allianz Insurance is to be the outstanding competitor in our
chosen markets by delivering products and services that out clients recommend,
being a great company to work for and achieving the best combination of profit
and growth.

Contact: Contact Details: Kate Mallett/ Helen Braddock , Consolidated PR,
KateM@ConsolidatedPR.com/HelenB@ConsolidatedPR.com, +44-(0)20-7781-2360 /
+44-(0)20-7781-2375
 
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